Citizens want parliamentarians more accountable, responsible: ExpertsNew Age Online
Rights activists at a discussion Saturday demanded that the code of conduct Bill for the lawmakers be passed in the upcoming parliament session.
They, while speaking at the discussion jointly organised by Citizens for Good Governance and Transparency International Bangladesh, observed that the countrymen wanted to see their lawmakers more responsible and active in the House.
Citizens for Good Governance secretary Badiul Alam Majumder said the private bill should be passed in the upcoming session.
He also demanded a provision for punitive actions against a lawmaker if he or she was found breaching the House protocols.
Former chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda said the current parliament has many lawmakers who are members of the parliamentary standing committees of certain ministries where they may have vested interests. This is the violation of the Rules of Procedure of the parliament.
He said, ‘Principle of democracy is that no one is above the law, it should be implemented in the country.’
Former justice Kazi Ebadul Haque said ‘It is a farce that people who enact laws do not go by them.’
TIB executive director Ifthekharuzzaman said lawmakers business with state organs should be stopped as it is illegal. ‘We do not want lawmaker doing business with state or state organs.’
Ruling Awami League lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury placed the bill in January, 2010, and the parliamentary standing committee on the private members’ bills and resolutions has already recommended for its passage. It will ensure ethical standards of the lawmakers, according to the parliament secretariat officials.
The next House session begins on September 12.
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